Many of you know that I am an advocate for animals and the environment. I also have very strong opinions about using products that support your principles. It became a quest of mine to find products that follow the principles I deemed most important to me. These are cruelty-free, non-toxic, and sustainability.
With this in mind I have been working toward my own store that showcases skincare brands made by artisans that follow these principles. Most of these artisans use small batch production processes in order to maintain the practices that allow the products to be non-toxic and sustainable.
I have carefully curated the makers and brands that adhere to this ethos and am in the process of making them available in my storefront in Rockbrook Village, Omaha, NE.
Here are some pictures of the build-out process.
We took special care to adhere to our sustainable guidelines throughout the build process. Included in this was appropriate recycling of the packaging of the floor and furnishings.
Orange energy bags were used for all plastics that were not recyclable and a breakdown of all cardboard boxes for recycling. When all was said and done we only had a small amount of material that went to the dumpster. Below is a picture of what was gathered for recycling in one day. We performed this process for many days. I would love it if all construction companies would also attempt to recycle instead of throwing everything in dumpsters and clogging our landfills. I can only imagine how much that would amount to!
We also worked hard to utlize recycled or reclaimed materials in our buildout.
The flooring is bamboo which is a more sustainable material than traditional wood as well as less toxic than vinyl. It is a floating floor to reduce the need to use toxic materials such as flooring glue. We also used low VOC paint made by Sherwin Williams. This is their Harmony line.
Below is a wonderful set of tables built for us by Daniel Chase of re.dwell. These simple rustic reclaimed wood tables are built from a mixtures of Midwest native hardwoods salvaged from an old barn, planed and sanded smooth but still showing the character from their history. You can find other examples of his work at the custommade.com site.
The cashwrap / retail counter you see in the background is also made from reclaimed barnwood as are a number of our shelf units.
Looking forward to our opening day!